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Francis visits Dome of the Rock

Flanked by a large phalanx of men in suits, Francis arrives on the Temple Mount, where he is being taken on a tour by the grand mufti of Jerusalem.

Francis enters the Dome of the Rock, at the heart of a site revered by Jews as the location of the first and second Temples as well as the Foundation Stone of the earth, and by Muslims as the site where the prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven.

An aerial view of the Temple Mount, with the southern wall and archaeological park in the foreground. (photo credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash 90)
An aerial view of the Temple Mount, with the southern wall and archaeological park in the foreground. (photo credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash 90)

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